The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The first rule of The Girl on the Train is… Don’t talk about The Girl on the Train unless everyone in the room has finished reading it. If you haven’t read it stop here.  Go get the book and come back when you are done.  And leave a comment below!

If you rode the same train every day and saw the same houses and people every day, you’d start to wonder about the,.  Maybe you’d even give them names and invent a narrative about them.  This is exactly what Rachel does and it is totally believable.  When her fantasy people appear on the evening news the line between real and imagines gets very blurry.

And what of Rachel?  Can the reader trust her narrative?  As more and more of Rachel’s reality is revealed she becomes less and less reliable.  My notes in the book go back and forth between belief and questioning and disbelief.  At one point I noted:  “Everyone in this book is a liar.”

Riveting, edge of your seat psychological drama.

Oh, and can I tell you that it was positively surreal to ride trains through the English countryside while reading this book?

Date finished:  April 22, 2015

Source:  Kindle book, purchased from Amazon

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